Confirmed by Colbert: Amazon does rip off authors!

This blog post is an update to a story on my blog written over two years ago regarding the inaccuracy of Amazon’s reporting of sales to authors.  It seems that even authors published through traditional publishing, not just us Indie folks, have been affected.  Just ask Emmy award winning TV journalist Stephen Colbert!  Watch the video –>  Stephen Colbert Amazon vs Hachette

stephen colbert takes on Amazon

So let’s get this right, Amazon!

I have a list over over 150 authors who have contacted me regarding this subject. Story, after story, after story of Amazon and CreateSpace inaccurately reporting sales. I personally have experienced it with all three of my books loaded onto CreateSpace through our small press, AgeView. I have, as many of you do, copies of receipts from friends who have bought the books; screen shots of their verified purchases, yet the sales never showed up. And let’s not even begin to talk about Amazon’s “expanded distribution.”

What a joke!!! My award winning Flying Solo trilogy is in over twenty countries, but do you think I have ever seen a fraction of the sales through “expanded distribution” reporting? Hell no!  Don’t get me started!  Most recently, I have heard about Amazon’s fake book companies that “resell” your used book!

That is why many Indie writers, including the authors recently signed with AgeView, have decided to circumvent the dragon. We use Amazon only for what we have to. Afterall, over 50% of all book sales are through Amazon, so one really doesn’t have much choice. But any other stuff, like expanded distribution, goes through Lightning Source (which is part of Ingram) for print and BookBaby for ebooks. Forget the KDP rip off. Another Amazon scam.

So, thank you! Thank you! God bless you Stephen Colbert for posting your experiences and multiple disgruntlements with Amazon on TV to a very captive audience. Continue to shout about it from the roof tops. And when you are ready, contact us ! Our small coalition of Indie writers will band together for a class action lawsuit to take on the giant. Or at least tarnish them a little with mass media!

stephen colbert shoots Amazon the bird

Take that Amazon!  (photo courtesy of Comedy Central)

Please reblog this story everywhere. Facebook it. Google plus it!  And “link” it in! Maybe, just maybe the Associated Press or Oprah will pick up it. Add your email and comments to our list if this atrocity has happened to you. Because if you are an author, you know it has!


6 thoughts on “Confirmed by Colbert: Amazon does rip off authors!

  1. I watched the whole Colbert video and never once does he say anything about incorrect sales reporting. It may well be true, but I’m reserving judgment until I see some proof. It’s pretty common for sales reporting on my KDP and Createspace books to be delayed, sometimes by as much as a month (this happens on my Amazon affiliate commissions all the time too), but in my experience the sales always show up eventually. Just because I have a screenshot of a ‘verified purchase’ made today and it doesn’t show up on my KDP report tomorrow doesn’t mean Amazon won’t count that sale.

    At least with KDP and Createspace, we have access to next-day sales reports instead of having to wait 6 months or longer to get a printout from a mainstream publisher, whose numbers we have NO way of verifying. Per Writer’s Digest royalty reports, my 2010 book The Indie Author Guide has yet to ‘earn out’ on its paltry $5k advance. I find that hard to believe, but there’s no way I can prove otherwise.

  2. You can add my name to that list of 150 ripped off authors. Amazon KDP
    claims to have made deposits, but they never arrived at my bank. I have filed a complaint with the BBB and am considering a class action suit. Any interested lawyers out there?

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